, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 360–367 | Cite as

Feeding behavior ofCryptolaemus montrouzieri on mealybugs parasitized byAnagyrus pseudococci

  • M. Muştu
  • N. Kilinçer
  • S. Ülgentürk
  • M. B. Kaydan


The citrus mealybugPlanococcus citri (Risso) and the vine mealybugPlanococcus ficus (Signoret) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) are two worldwide polyphagous pests of citrus, vineyards and ornamental plants in greenhouses. Biological control of these pests may rely on the combined release of parasites and predators, which can be affected by intraguild predation (IGP). This study investigated the feeding behavior of different stages ofCryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) on mealybugs parasitized byAnagyrus pseudococci (Girault) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 days. The study was conducted in a climate-controlled room at 28±1° C, 16L:8D, and 65±10% r.h. The highest consumption values for all stages ofC. montrouzieri occurred with 2- and 4-day parasitized mealybugs, whereas the predator did not feed on either species of mealybug parasitized for longer periods, due to the onset of mummification.

Key words

Citrus mealybug intraguild predation Planococcus citri Planococcus ficus vine mealybug 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Muştu
    • 1
  • N. Kilinçer
    • 1
  • S. Ülgentürk
    • 1
  • M. B. Kaydan
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Plant Protection, Faculty of AgricultureAnkara UniversityDışkapı, AnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Dept. of Plant Protection, Faculty of AgricultureYüzüncu Yıl UniversityKampüs, VanTurkey

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